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Of all the restaurants that we ate in during our week in Bretagne, Le Mao is arguably the one that we enjoyed most.
Located a hop, skip and a jump from Ploumanac'h's brilliant boulder-strewn beach, it combined everything that we wanted from a restaurant: a splendid outdoor terrace setting, good food and a child friendly atmosphere.
Because - as usual - we underestimated how much there would be to do and see, we arrived much later than our booking, and only sat down to eat at 20:30 on a weekday. Being early July, it was not yet dark when we left at 22:00, and lingering over our meal on the vine-lined terrace in the fading light was very pleasant indeed.
Favorite Dish: The menu is dominated by seafood, and the set menus were slightly cheaper than elsewhere: there's an excellent selection of menus, which should cover most tastes and budgets, as well as a fairly extensive a la carte menu.
There are also children's menus which comprise the usual Breton offerings for kids - primarily ham and chips (and indeed, everything else with chips), although fortunately our lot are adventurous enough eaters to have ventured past this stage.
The food was good rather than extraordinary, but excellent value for money: I would advise that you favour the seafood which is their forte. The restaurant offers the usual range of local and imported beers, as well as a selection of wine and Breton cidre.
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This tip is likely to polarise opinion in that you'll either love it or hate it ...
OK, so 'la formule'' (the set menu) for 10:00-12:00 - which is breakfast (or possibly brunch) time? A half dozen oysters? With the option of washing them down with a glass of sauvignon?
Hmmmm ... not my thing, but then I'm unimpressed by oysters (merely mollusc mucus in my book) and allergic to wine, so I'm hardly a reliable arbitor on such issues. But as a culturally appropriate and appreciative gesture to the local cuisine? Well, absolutely!